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Jul 18, 2012 6:30am EDT
happening in boughtmore today. governor will meet with city and state lawmakers. and sherrie johnson has more on today's meeting. >> reporter: well, today baltimore mayor stephanie rawlings-blake goneor o'malley and house speaker bush is meet with the house delegation. it will be in baltimore and the mayor supports expanding gambling to allow table games at a planned baltimore casino. the governor wants to call a special session. once a consensus is reached. governor expressed confidence a consensus will be forged to pass legislation this summer. now a proposal for a casino at the national harbor has complicated the negotiations. the window of opportunity is creeping towards a close for a special session before an august deadline to approve ballot language for voters to get the final say in november if law makers approve legislation. sherrie johnson, abc2 news. >>> six families in howard county are celebrating a victory this morning. people who live on coon hunt court will have a new address soon. the families felt it had negative racial connotations so the name will be april wind circle
ABC
Jul 6, 2012 6:00am EDT
sherrie johnson live downtown to tell us what we can expect with this year's african- american festival but first the weather and meteorologist mike masco. >> sherrie johnson has quite a hat on. here's what's going on 78 in town, this is a very hot day shaping up. it already feels like 82 in the city. already feels like 86 in dc and we have that code red alert today. going into tomorrow, it gets expanded into sunday as well. excessive heat advisory and watches there place for today and tomorrow. we're up to 86 in the lunch hour going for 100 degrees, we'll have a details on tomorrow's major heat coming up in just a little bit. let's get a check on your time saver traffic. and we do have reports of debris in the roadway, somebody dropped a ladder 95 northbound at 695 that may tie up the north side of 695 may be tied up on the north side of the city, it's said to be a ladder that fell off a truck. outside we go 895 a o don street, looking pretty good on 895. let's look at drive times, 95 to 83 just about a 12 minute ride, 795 to 9513 make ago run for the fort mchenry tunnel, just ability
ABC
Jul 9, 2012 5:30am EDT
and they have not ruled out arson. sherrie johnson, abc2 news. >>> county police are continuing to look for suspects in the deadly shooting that happened in parkville on darlington drive around 2 on sunday morning. police say they received a call of gunshots and when they arrived they found a man shot in the street and was pronounced dead at the scene. >>> 5:34. as a parent, there are a number of things you fear that could happen to your child, but finding a python attached tower baby is not one of them. one-year-old william was attacked by a 2 foot python at his home in illinois. devon says around 11 monday night, he heard his son stirring so he felt around the crib. >> i felt it, it was slimy and i knew it was not normal. i immediately turned the light on and saw the snake and a python wrapped around his foot constricting it and trying to eat his foot. >> the dad pulled the snake off using a blanked and william was taken to the hospital and treated for minor injuries. the snake came in from an adjacent apartment that they as you understand they have moved. >> i can understand that. >>
ABC
Jul 16, 2012 6:30am EDT
's biggest stars and sherrie johnson is here with a preview. >> soon we will hear the roar of engines in the baltimore grand prix race, today a news conference featuring driving stars of the race. the general manager of the race, tim mayer will be on hands for the event talking about ticket sales, sponsorship and market initiatives. ray and washington dc native, mimmer, will be on hand to discuss the race. the city terminated previous contracts with two other race organizers, baltimore racing development, which failed to pay $1.5 million owed to the city and down force racing which missed deadlines for the event. the news conference will be held at the sports legends museum in baltimore, starts at 11:45. the race will be held on labor day weekend. sherrie johnson, abc2 news. >>> heart breaking story. coming out of chicago. 62-year-old father of 12, was trying to safe up money to buy a suit for his son's wedding. he was beaten to death. according to family , the crime was posted on line. >> they punched him in the face. they punched him. he fell unconscious on the ground. when he fell
ABC
Jul 5, 2012 6:30am EDT
news' sherrie johnson has more on the fire at one of historic sites got a number of people worried. >> reporter: that's right charlie you know we have all new reaction and video this morning for you. abc2 news was the first on the scene in the overnight fire in northwest baltimore inside the old ambassador theatre. this is what the scene looked lightning a little before 1:00 this morning. here on liberty heights avenue. authorities say the fire broke out around midnight and now investigators have not sure -- are not sure what caused the fire exactly but crews had it under control in about 30 minutes. the ambassador theatre hear not been movie theater since 1968 and served as a church in recent years and also the sister theater of the theater if baltimore. it sits next to a gas station and had some witnesses nearby concerned after they saw flames shooting from the building. >> it was -- over here on the pavement and i seen -- i seen a couple of guys get off the four truck. one of them fell down and i seen flames coming from the naked eye. i couldn't get on my phone though but it loo
ABC
Jul 17, 2012 6:30am EDT
are looking for answers. abc2 news sherrie johnson is here with what happens today. >> reporter: well, there are still a lot of-answered questions. -- of unanswered questions. they were going out on a flying lesson and landed and took off again. today the federal aviation administration and ntsb will try to figure out what caused the crash. one person died and another severely injured. the seng ill engine plane crashed near the davis airport. montgomery county fire crews pond -- responded to the scene in a wooded area on the edge of the airport. one man was dead at scene and the other man was flown to shock trauma. man who died in the crash was the pilot. witnesses say they could hear the crash from a mile away. >> i heard like a rumble you know and i felt like the earth shake. >> he had been known to have 18,500 flight hours and was incredibly experienced. i learned to fly from him and was one of his last students. >> reporter: the identities of the pilot and passenger have not been released. sherrie johnson, abc2 news. >>> news time 6:33. and the police chase caught on tape. authori
ABC
Jul 19, 2012 6:30am EDT
2 news' sherrie johnson is down there with reaction from people not only who live there but who work there. >> reporter: some are frustrated but holding up pretty well. this 7/11 right here they just received their water and they have been able to open back up for business. they have been closed for the past couple of days and you can see some of the customers heading on inside there. now the city says this morning the water should be reshored to everyone who lost it because of the water main break. that's this big hole in the ground right here, crews are still repairing the water main break and the road. they'll actually start work again this morning at 7:00. we've actually seen some of the crew members start arriving here this morning. but they start work at 7:00. and you can see here this -- they got a lot of work to do. the street has actually buckled here in the middle here so they have a lot of work to do. and we're told that it's going to take about three weeks and while the city has a temporary water supply to some buildings, others say no water actually hurt businesses. the
ABC
Jul 31, 2012 5:30am EDT
some are telling batman don't bother coming. sherrie johnson has details when good morning maryland continues. good morning! wow. want to start the day with something heart healthy and delicious? you're a talking bee... honey nut cheerios has whole grain oats that can help lower cholesterol. and it tastes good? sure does! right... ♪ wow. delicious, right? yeah. it's the honey, it makes it taste so... ♪ well, would you look at the time... what's the rush? be happy. be healthy. >>> now "good morning maryland." >>> a local man has been inspiring kids for 20 years. dressing up in a batman costume and visiting hospital but in the light of the shooting in colorado some visits have been canceled. sherrie johnson is is here with what the batman advice -- johnson is here with what the batman visitor thinks. >> reporter: he dress up as batman and visits sick children across the country. recently he found himself without several visits after the colorado shootings. he says the hospitals are wore aied that you know he will scare children instead of bringing a bright spot to their day. for
ABC
Jul 2, 2012 6:30am EDT
to be the heat. it is expected to be hot. we will send it over to sherrie johnson. >> we just received updated information from baltimore city mayor, stephanie rawlings blake's office, the heat alert has been extended through tuesday because of dangers from hot temperatures. today, at 10:00 this morning, ice will be passed out to people at four locations, the community action program will operate five centers around the city, open from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. cool air and free water. the health department's office of aging and care services will operate six additional cooling centers and the health department recommends that you remember to drink water or juice, avoid alcohol and caffeine and wear light colored clothing. 25 people have utilized the five cooling community rooms are open as cooling centers as well. local pet stores like pet smart and animal control centers offered facilities to help pets. call 311 to report downed trees in the roadways and call 911 for police, fire and medical emergencies and log on to abc2news.com for a list of those cooling centers we have all the information a
ABC
Jul 3, 2012 6:00am EDT
. we have a lot going on. sherrie johnson is is going to tell butts heat -- is going to tell us about the heat wave and charley crowson with the story of how neighbors are helping with power outages. and we have your timesaver traffic if you are heading out of town. we will start things off with meteorologist mike masco and the story today the weather. >> yeah. the weather has been the big story for the last several days. we will look outside. beautiful shot looking downtown. we have the sun coming up towards the east. and usually it comes up from the east and will set from the south later tonight. 68 downtown. right now calm winds and look at the barometric pressure nice and steady. that will start to lower some as we head into tonight and that could trigger showers. storms 68 in town. 78 towards dc eastern shore numbers into the 60s a very beautiful morning. and look at humidity values or dew points what measures humidity on dryer side. 60 degree dew points is a bearable number. we will do a pair of 7s around 8. lunchtime if you are stepping out, it's a dry heat at 88 we are on the
ABC
Jul 10, 2012 4:55am EDT
today taking a look at students progress. i'm sherrie johnson. live reports coming up. >>> i'm charley crowson. megan pringle is off today. lynette charles is back and loren cook. did you see the video of the jordanian debate? tossed the shoe and pulled a gun. the weather is not too much for you. >>> it was last week, we had the heat wave, it was broken yesterday, which is a good sign. today seasonable. a few showers to talk about this morning. we start you out with maryland's most powerful radar. not a lot going on around our area. as we slide south, maybe if you are traveling to st. marys, dealing with a thunderstorm to the south of lexington park, and also around montrose, showers and thunderstorms across the area. warsaw, dealing with a nasty thunderstorm across the area. let's go back to where we are, we have light showers around jarrettsville and bel air, the roads are going to be slick. this will continue as we go through the rest of today. isolated shower or storm to pop up in the forecast, dealing with a little bit of visibility issues around us. winchester, you are dealing wi
ABC
Jul 18, 2012 6:00am EDT
a beating on crops and farmers. i am sherrie johnson. coming up, why you could pay more at the grocery store. >> i am charley crowson live in downtown baltimore. we have new coverage for getting ash the -- around the water main breaks that will snarl traffic for weeks to come. >> when the federal rese of chairman speaks the world listens and he will issue a warning you will want to hear because it could have a devastating effect if lawmakers don't act soon. details on those stories on this wednesday morning. thanks for joining us. it's july 18th and if you look at the bottom of the screen you might do a triple take in the 80s this morning. let's get started with weather and people are wondering what can i do with the kid it's so hot. >> air conditioner good idea. the pool and kiddy pool is going to be be a hot day. you know when it hits 80 at 6 in the morning it will be a hot day. and that's going to be the case. look at temperatures across the area. we are starting out into the 80s and city points right now downtown where charley is 85 right now. let's look at heat indexes and again we will
ABC
Jul 24, 2012 6:30am EDT
fatalities are on the increase. this morning, sherrie johnson is here to break this down and what does this mean? we have new laws in place. we are live in rogers forge, right here, setting the scene, traffic isn't all that bad behind me, off of york road. it's calm. lit pick up during rush hour. this report says for the first three months of 2012, there has been a significant increase in traffic deaths. this is compared to statistics from last year. over 7000 people died in car crashes for the first quarter of this year. that's a 13.5% increase compared to the same period in 2011 when there were over 6000 fatalities. authorities say it's too soon to speculate on what the problem is, or the potential implications. transportation safety officials point out the crash fatality rate for the first first is lower than rates for the other three quarters because of winter weather. the winter of 2012 was unseasonably warm and people the end to drive more when the weather is better. the increase in fatalities follows a downward trend for the past several years. >>> a clee's call for more than a
ABC
Jul 27, 2012 6:00am EDT
units in an apartment building on yener lane in randeltown. and sherrie johnson is live on the scene. we understand -- randallstown. and sherrie johnson is live on the scene. those living at the complex tell quite a story. >> reporter: that's right. we have all new information for you this morning charley. we have found out from baltimore county firefighters that the one of the firefighters was injured while fighting this fire. he has been released from the hospital. he had to be taken to the hospital because of falling debris that hit him and he was taken to shock trauma but we learned he has been released from the hospital and he is going to be okay. now look behind me here. this is all that's left here. the firefighters actually just left a few moments ago. we here in randallstown at the rockdale gardens apartments. that's off liberty road. you know crews were on the scene for much of the night putting out hot spots and cleaning up debris. they are out here for several hours. that call came out about 2:00 this morning at rockdale garden apartments on yener lane. when crews arrived on
ABC
Jul 27, 2012 6:30am EDT
in randallstown. and that's where we find sherrie johnson with an update. what have you learned? >> reporter: well, we have new information. we have learned that the firefighter that was injured in this fire from debris falling and hitting him has been released from the hospital. he was taken to shock trauma but we have learned a few hours -- a few minutes ago he was released from the hospital. also, the red cross is here. they are here trying to figure out exactly where they are going place some of the families that lost their home in this fire. take a look behind me here. you can see the burned out building here. we are in randalltown at rockdale gardens apartments off liberty road. crews were out here for much of the night cleaning up the hot spots and the debris. you know that call came out about 2:00 this morning. and when crews arrived on the scene they found the apartmentsengulfed in flames and smokes. that started on the third floor and spread quickly across the roof. the fire damaged 12 units, 16 people must look for another place to live. all of the people who live here in the apartment
ABC
Jul 30, 2012 5:30am EDT
have happened independent maryland. sherrie johnson is here with what is next for the man accused of being behind this suspected massacre. >> we have learned that kneel prescott maybe held for a week in a hospital before authorities decide whether to charge him with a crime, he is held at arundel for a mental evaluation. authorities say prescott was ready to commit a mass shooting. investigators say the suspect facing termination threatened to two supervisors. he said i am a joker. i'm going to load my guns and blow everybody up. plus another graphic threat was phoned in to prince georges county police leading them and authorities to take prescott in to custody friday. investigators found 25 high powered automatic firearms and a spiked tactical assault rifle and handguns and a night scope or high powered rifle along with 40 boxes of ammunition. neighbors heard police come to arrest prescott. >> loud boom. like, i don't know -- it sounded like one of the big boom fire crackers. i thought it was kids playing in the parking lot because the ca alarm went off and i heard somebody say g
ABC
Jul 2, 2012 4:30am EDT
. over to sherrie johnson. >>> we are in for more hot temperatures today. this means more people will head to many cooling centers that are open for people without power looking for relief from the heat. because of the temperatures, the code red heat alert has been extended through tuesday. baltimore mayor passed out ice in a community trying to help in the heat. the community action program will operate five centers around the city, the centers will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., each will have cool air and free water. the health department's office of aging and care services will offer 6 additional centers on a code red heat alert day. the health department recommends that you remember to drink plenty of water or juice. avoid alcohol and caffeine, wear light colored clothing. remember to check on senior citizens and you can call 311 with a heat related medical emergency and log on to abc2news.com for a complete list of the cooling centers. that story is listed on the home page. sherrie johnson, abc2 news. >>> in the midst of the weather, news to help you cool down, july i
ABC
Jul 6, 2012 4:30am EDT
of the big issues this morning and all weekend long is going to be the sherrie johnson live this morning for information you need to know not only about the festival but the heat. >> reporter: we are live here at the stadium, this weekend the african-american festival kicks off and starts tomorrow at noon. this morning i have shaloda with gray bow media. good morning, this is so exciting, the 35th year for this festival, its changed names but still a wonderful event, over 5000 people attend this event yearly, one of the biggest festivals on the east coast clearly. tell folks whack -- what can we expect this year. >> this year we have exciting things, we have fashion ally, boutiques, fashion shows, runway shows on the main stage. we have a get moving area which is totally fitness, mo delled -- models over first lady michelle obama's initiative. we have our kids fair, we have a 50-foot amusement finger us wheel, bobsled rides and you know there's entertainment. >> reporter: temperatures are going to be very hot this weekend, what do you have prepared for the heat. >> mayor rollings and the
ABC
Jul 16, 2012 4:30am EDT
in one another. sherrie johnson has more on those gathers for dpreef and hope. >> this is a group of mothers of murdered sons and daughters, not a club anyone wants to be a pat of of but the members have each other to lean on. they honored those lost and welcome new parents that have joined the group and meet to support and tried to spread antiviolence, used the stories of their own children hoping the message hits home enough to keep someone else's child from the same tragic state. the members of moms make it a priority to be there for other parents. they offer 24 hour telephone support knowing the pain of losing a child can hit at any time, day or not. sherrie johnson, abc2 news. >>> dozens of families in randals town are thankful smoke detectors worked. a fire broke out in an apartment complex on glenn michael. when firefighters got there, fire was pouring out of the third floor and spread to the attic. no one was hurt. the damage was bad. 24 apartments destroyed. managers and the red cross are making sure everyone has a place to stay. we hope to learn more about what started t
ABC
Jul 24, 2012 4:30am EDT
been. sherrie johnson has reaction to the punishment. >> it was a long list of penalties ncaa penalty crippled the football program for years. it's in the wake of the sexual abuse scandal by jerry sandusky. penn state accepts the penalties they signed a agreement which means they won't appeal the punishment. the money prom the fine will go to programs to prevent child abuse. wins from 9 8-2011 have been removed. on campuss students react to the news. >> football does not run this university. we are a community. >> the punishment for penn state could have been worse. ncaa didn't impose the death pep alty and suspend the program all together. on sunday, officials removed the statute of joe paterno from outside the stadium. sherrie johnson, abc2 news. >>> the sanctions were severe intended some say to send a message that protecting children should be the top priority. joe paterno's family feels differently and released a statement pointing out paterno was never interviewed by the university or the investigators. they have no access to the records and action doesn't truly serve as justi
ABC
Jul 26, 2012 6:30am EDT
for the baltimore city area. and abc2 news' sherrie johnson is live this morning outside there on monument street with the very latest. this all happened yesterday afternoon? >> reporter: yes, we are here on east monument street and east baltimore. just a few feet away from that large sinkhole. you can see it behind me here. it's actually in that tensioned in area. we're near johns hopkins hospital and this street is busied you know people -- busy as you know people living in and out of the city. this is more proof that baltimore needs to be repaired. this is a sinkhole about two feet wide. 6 feet long and 20 feet deep. it closed east monument about 1:00 p.m. yesterday between north patterson park avenue and north mumford avenue. this section will be closed for at least a week, possibly longer. it depends on how long it takes crews to repair it. now strong smell of gas forced businesses to close and bought bge repair crews to the scene. they found no leaks but it did affect 14 homes and businesses. the department of public works says the hole was likely caused by damage to a 120-inch brick storm
ABC
Jul 23, 2012 6:30am EDT
on this let's go over to abc2 news sherrie johnson. it's going to be a big day coming up at penn state sherrie. >> reporter: that's right. today at 9 this morning, the ncaa plans to announce sanctions against penn state and its football program. this comes one day after thestatue of the joe paterno was taken down by the iewn t crews used tarps keeping it under wraps as much of the activity as possible. and pent report commissioned by penn state found paterno should have done more when he heard that jerry sandusky his defensive coordinator was abusing young boys. paterno was fired after 61 years at penn state and 45 as head coach. some thought the statue needed to go and others didn't agree. >> i think it's better for the university in general and for everyone involved if it was not there as a constant reminder. >> it takes time to heel anything. i think time is what -- heal anything. i think time what we need it's another knee jerk for pin state. >> reporter: the paterno family says removing the statue doesn't help the victims. espn reports penn state will be banned from bowl games and lose se
ABC
Jul 2, 2012 4:55am EDT
things bearable for those without power. sherrie johnson is here with the code red alerts. >>> there is no relief from the heat because of the hot temperatures, code red heat alert has been extended through tuesday. more people will head to the many cooling centers opened for people without power. stephanie rawlings blake passed out ice at a northeast baltimore community. the action program will operate five centers around the city, they will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. each will have cool air and free water. the health department's office of aging and care services will offer 6 additional centers on a code red heat alert day, the health department recommends that you remember to drink water or juice. avoid alcohol and caffeine and wear light colored clothing. check on your senior citizens, call 311 with the heat related medical emergency and log on to abc2news.com for a complete list of the cooling centers and that story is located on our home page. sherrie johnson, abc2 news. >>> mta wants everyone to know public transportation is operational and up and going thi
ABC
Jul 2, 2012 6:00am EDT
. sherrie johnson has more and picks up the story from here. >> reporter: there is no relief from the heat, because of the hot temperatures , the current code red heat alert has been extended through tuesday. more people will head to the many cooling centers open for people without power looking for relief from the heat. this weekend -- [no audio] in a northeast baltimore community trying to help. the community action program will operate five centers around the city, these centers open from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., each will have cool air and free water, the health department's office of aging and care services will operate six additional cooling centers on a code red heat alert day, the health department recommends you drink water or juice, avoid alcohol and caffeine and wear light colored clothing. during the heat, remember to check on the senior citizens. call 311 with a heat related medical emergency. also log on to our website at abc2news.com, for a list of those cooling centers we have the address, telephone numbers, all the information you need to know and located on our home page.
ABC
Jul 3, 2012 5:30am EDT
in our state died from heat related deaths. abc2 news sherrie johnson has the story and joins us with more. >> reporter: well, we have learned three people in maryland have died from the hot temperatures. state health department says a man in montgomery and wicomico county and baltimore county have died. it's the first three heat related deaths in the state. 34 people died last year in maryland. high temperatures are expected to continue through the week. local health departments warn people to be careful because hot weather and humidity can cause heat stroke and heat exhaustion. if you are without power right now, you can take advantage of the cooling centers in baltimore city and surrounding counties. these centers will be opened from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. a each will have cool air and free water and we are still under a code red heat alert through today. and health official recommend you remember to dry water and juice and avoid alcohol and caffeine and wear light clothing during the extreme heat. remember to check on those senior citizens. and you can log onto the website at abc t
ABC
Jul 4, 2012 5:30am EDT
for the large number of people. >> to not have a repeat of last year sherrie johnson is here on what's being done to keep 2000,000 -- 200,000 people. >> reporter: tonight is the huge night for the fireworks display. city police are expecting a large crowd for the festivities and they say they are ready. after the celebration last year, a man was stabbed to death with a broken bottle on pier 5 and a 4-year-old boy walking with his father was shot in the leg. this year, baltimore police say they have a new plan in place to make sure it is safe for people to come and celebrate the 4th at the inner harbor. they will use a perimeter fence made up of bike racks about waist high and closing the inner harbor air yo to control the crowd and they will watch the crowds in realtime using city watch cameras and fox trots. >> we wish people would be adult and conduct themselves the right way. when they don't, of course we will do our jobs. >> reporter: now police expect more than 200,000 people to flood the harbor for the fireworks show tonight ten times the size of the new year's evecrowd and for everyth
ABC
Jul 5, 2012 4:30am EDT
.m. wednesday night. here with the latest is sherrie johnson from abc2 news. >> reporter: charlie i just got off the phone with police and we have confirmed that a 4-year- old child drowned at a pool at a home in anne arundel county. we have all new video of the scene. police tell us the home was found unresponsive at 601 old riverside road. the call came in 10:00 last night. the child was taken to the hospital with serious and life- threatening injuries. now police are still investigating this case. officers spent most of the night scouring the area trying to figure out exactly what happened. and we'll continue to check in with officers throughout the morning to gather the latest information on this case. once again, we have confirmed that a 4-year-old child has drowned at a pool at a home in brock lynn park in anne arundel county. sherrie johnson, abc2 news. >>> news time now is 4:34 and in the city police are preparing to press charges against an alleged drug dealer after bust at his home. charles wilson. this happened tuesday at southwest baltimore. police say traffic stop and the word on th
ABC
Jul 5, 2012 5:30am EDT
in baltimore city. the first around 1:30 on roberts street and abc2 news' sherrie johnson has more on the fire that started inside the ambassador theatre and why some are now worried! charlie, and abc2 news was the first on the scene on this overnight fire in northwest baltimore. inside the old ambassador theatre. this is the scene. this is what it looked like a little before 1:00 this morning here on liberty heights avenue. authorities say the fire broke out around midnight and investigators aren't sure what exactly caused the fire but crews had it under control in 30 minutes. the ambassador theatre has not been a theater since 1968. it's been a church and also a sister theater of the famous senator theater in baltimore. the old theater actually sits next to a gas station and has some witnesses nearby concerned after they saw flames shooting from the building. >> it was over here on the pavement and i seen -- i seen a couple of guys get out the fire truck. one of them fell down and i seen flames coming from the naked owe. i couldn't get -- eye. i couldn't get on my phone. like the door was on
ABC
Jul 6, 2012 5:30am EDT
at this festival but it's also going to be hot. so sherrie johnson is live this morning on the festivities and what you need to know this weekend. >> reporter: good morning, we are here at mit stadium where the festival kicks off tomorrow. each year they have over 500,000 people that visit this festival. this year they're celebrating 35 years, it's changed names but 35 years, and this morning i have chris duncan with state farm, also cassandra stewart with the health and wellness empowerment zone. chris let's start with you. state farm has been a sponsor for several years. >> it's a great way to reach out to personal new customers, when you have a half million people stop by the booth, it's a great opportunity to meet people. >> why is it a good idea to reach baltimore. >> it's showing the community the african-american culture and just different aspects of what makes baltimore great. >> reporter: and cassandra, we're talking ability temperatures -- about a -- about temperatures a hundred today, what can you do to make people safe. >> they have extended the heat index through sunday, so the name of
ABC
Jul 6, 2012 6:30am EDT
-american festival in downtown baltimore, and plenty to see and do at this festival, sherrie johnson is live with more on the festivities. >> reporter: we're at mnt bank stadium with the african- american festival kicks off tomorrow, runs through this weekend and let me tell you we are looking here at b and c here and it's going to be very hot this weekend, we're talking about a hundred degree weather so you want to make sure you have your bottled water, make sure you bring a hat and make sure that you are ready because this heat can be dangerous but let me tell you i have nika watt kins, this is a huge physical one of the largest on the east -- festival, one of the largest on the east coast, this is the 35th year for this festival, changed names, 46 years for this festival. this is a long standing tradition, so tell me as people make their way out this weekend, what can they expect to find. >> great entertainment, we talked about salt and peppa, san jay moore and then we have other things like the good vendors, the food, this year we're going to have an authors tent, we have jaymy foster br
ABC
Jul 9, 2012 5:00pm EDT
a sneak peak at college. education reporter sherrie johnson with more on how this program is making a difference. >> reporter: it's 8:30 in the morning and students with the summer academic enrichment program at mcdaniel college are hard at work. they're taking this time to get ahead academically, nearly 250 rising high school seniors are spending four weeks at the college, they're immersed in college life getting ready for higher learning. >> they are concerned that they don't have what it takes to be successful, and so we want to help build their confidence and give them the skills and tools that will help them be successful. >> i think the program is excellent if you want to get a good experience. we have a lot of people here that is willing and dedicated to help us get the things that's necessary for college and get our minds right on track. >> reporter: the students are selected from low income neighborhoods, many of them have a lot of deal with at home, some have absent parents, take care of younger siblings or take care of their own children. tie relative is looking forward t
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Jul 10, 2012 6:00am EDT
as well. sherrie johnson is live with new goals for the upcoming school year. first a check in with the weather and lynette charles, doing light reading herself. >> maryland's most powerful radar is drying out. we saw showers this morning across harford county. those are gone. we have showers further to the south, st. mary's county, crossing over the bay. we will see that on the eastern shore. southern maryland in on wet weather, due to the fact we have a stationary front. kátk, more of the same th visibilid÷eyña little bit of patchy fog. we are picking up visibility én reduced along the eastern shore. îfive miles there, 6 salisbury. as we look at winchester, 3 miles of visibility there and 3 culpepper. stepping out the door, be prepared, patchy fog out there. through time, things will improve. i will tell you when we will heat up. now a check of traffic with loren cook. >>> there is a house fire going on now in east baltimore, shuts down north lenwood and fayette. one person has been hospitalized with smoke inhalation. they are expected to be okay. if you are using 95,
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Jul 16, 2012 4:55am EDT
for a suspect in the shooting at a nail salon in ellicott city. sherrie johnson is here with all new information for us. what have you learned? >> i spoke to howard county police and the suspect is on the loose. i talked to the newsing supervisor, the victims have been updated. they found a car belonging to a man at a nail salon. police say 35 year old sam approached the nail and hair care spa on richard valley road. he saw juan waiting for his girlfriend and they started fighting. he went inside the spa and shot his former girlfriend and fled the scene. she had an active protective order. he has been charged with two counts of first degree attempted mud, second degree attempted mud, first degree cond degree assault and reckless endangerment and multiple gun charges. police are offering a $2500 reward for information leading to an arrest. she cher, abc2 news. -- sherrie johnson, abc2 news. >>> idea of putting a casino at the national harbor isn't dead yet. martin o'malley will meet with leaders including the pg&e county executive to talk about the possibility and it could allow table dpaims at t
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Jul 16, 2012 5:00pm EDT
since friday. >>> and sherrie johnson sits down with the new superintendent of baltimore county public schools. >> the girls left for a bike ride around noon but never returned. they were reported missing three hours after missing. >> whoever as them, just turn them aloose. >> reporter: authorities have found their bikes. near the bike, little elizabeth's purse and cell phone in which she used to play games but want equipped to make calls. >> the community is very concerned about it as well as all of us. i really have nothing else. >> reporter: sunday the search expanded to 12 square miles. investigators are working with federal authorities. >> every hour it makes this that much worse. >> reporter: police have talked to family and friends and said they haven't found anying this to indicate a problem with the girl's lives at home. >>> an update to a story we brought you first last night. authorities have found the bodies of two missing missouri women and charged the man with their mmpletd clifford miller was charged with first-degree murder in the death of the two. the women were report
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Jul 18, 2012 4:30am EDT
will see. we will ask mike about that. sherrieionson. >> there have -- sherrie johnson. >> there have been five more deaths due to the heat bringing the total number to 23 so far this year. the most recent cases happened in july 9th baltimore city. harford county and washington county montgomery county and prince george's county. and with the mercury expected to get close to 100, bge may activate the peak rewards program today. that happened yesterday as well. the utility cycle the ac on and off for customers enrolled in the program. they say it saves you money and eases the strain on bge's power grid. and when the temperatures get too hot to handle you want to find ways to cool off. head to our website with a hot weather guide and a list of ways to stay safe at the pool and do some fun activities outdoors as well as stay safe in the heat. keep that in mind, abc2news.com. >> we are getting new details about a bizarre incident that happened at small airport. a man wanted for murder tries to steal a full-sizeed plane and he kills himself. police in utah right now are investigating this. they
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Jul 18, 2012 5:30am EDT
on this in november. sherrie johnson is here with more. >> reporter: well, this has been a controversial topic. maryland dream act. today president of the university of maryland baltimore county will join advocates for the american dream act. they are launching educating maryland kids. he will be beyond by auxiliary bishop of the catholic arch diocese and other folks. now the group is advocating for a yes vote in november to uphold the maryland dream act. the law ensures that maryland's students whose family play maryland state tax and gad waited from -- shall graduated from maryland high schools can play in-state tuition. the focus is building the momentum after announcement of the president protecting dream students from deportation and providing work permits. the event runs today at 12:30 to 1:30 on umbc campus on hill top circle. sherry jonson -- sherrie johnson, abc2 news. >>> for the first time in the history, our neighbors to the north they are worth more than us. over the past five years, the average net worth of canadian households is more than american household. in 2011, a canadian
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Jul 19, 2012 4:30am EDT
. >> relief could be on the way and we find abc2 news' sherrie johnson downtown once again this morning. day three but like you said there could be some changes coming. >> reporter: charlie, you know we have all this information for you this morning. we have just learned that some of the businesses have actually reopened and they have water and they've reopened but you know what? take a look at what is causing all this headache here. this huge hole here as you can see they have a light blasting on it crews have been working on this. they're taking a break right now and they'll start a little later this morning but this hole is huge. and it's going to take them about three weeks to finish up these repairs. this 7/11 right here, this is just one of the businesses that actually reopened about 13 hours ago. they now have water. they have been closed for the last couple of days, now today some of the businesses in this area will have to make another decision. either fight this or don't open at all. while the city has a temporary water supply to some buildings, others are wondering if their busine
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Jul 23, 2012 4:30am EDT
offering support and condolences to those who lost their lives. sherrie johnson is here this morning and many of us couldn't take our eyes off the newsreports as they kept unfolding this past weekend. >> reporter: that's right. we learned this morning 24-year- old james holmes, theaccused shooter will appear in court. university of colorado officials are look into whether he used his position to collect hazardous materials. officials are not saying whether they knew the suspect in a mass theater shooting was anything more than a hard work student. holmes has not been cooperating with police and they say it could take months to learn the exact motive for his alleged attack. early friday on a packed theater of people watching the latest batman movie. the attack killed 12 and wounded 58 others. prz obama -- president obama flew to colorado to comfort family members e says he was there as a father and husband. >> i hope that he is here for all of these people, and i tank my looky -- lucky blessings the president is behind us. >> reporter: holmes is is at a denver area county detention fa
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Jul 23, 2012 5:30am EDT
they had to do. sherrie johnson is here with exactly what the university did in an effort to move forward>> reporter: well, today the ncaa plans to announce sanctions against penn state and its football program. meanwhile, the statue of the late legendary football coach joe paterno is gone taken down sunday morning by the university many they used tarp keepingunder wraps as much of the activity as possible. an independent report found paterno should have done more when he heard jerry sandusky was abusing young boys. he was fired after 51 years 45 as head coach. the removal attracted a crowd of people. some felt it needed to go and others thought it was. >> he jerk reaction. -- knee jerk reaction. >> i think it's better for the university in general and everyone involved if the statue was not there as a constant reminder. >> reporter: now in a statement, the paterno family says removing the statue doesn't help the victims. today at 9, this morning, we will learn more about the sanctions the penn state football program will face from the ncaa. we will also stream the announcement live on th
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Jul 23, 2012 5:30pm EDT
are hard at work in the classroom. abc2 news reporter sherrie johnson has more. >> reporter: here in east baltimore, students enjoy a good breakfast before hitting the classroom. it's part of the child first summer program. >> we're dedicated to summer learning laws, which is very prevalent among children in baltimore city who zoo get a chance to be a part of some summer program. and we really want our young people to excel and to -- when fall comes along to be on point in their grade. >> reporter: the four-week program allows 60 students to connect classroom skills to real world activities. today students are learning to make a healthy salad in a cooking class. by the looks of things, they're enjoying the lesson. >> i like cooking. we get to try out new things. >> we do activities and learn a lot. >> students also enjoy other classes like arts and crafts, sports and games. the students what they learn to become more productive with hands on experience. they're responsible in using both learning and real world skills. this shows how to use what they're learning to create a product which c
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Jul 25, 2012 5:00pm EDT
. that was the app team. >> the marion house has provided safe haven for women and their children. sherrie johnson sets down with them. >> reporter: car-- carol williams is a recovering drug addict. after 18 years on drugs she's turning her life around at marion house. >> we want them to come in knowing that they are individuals who have worth, individuals who have the ability it do all the things that they want to do and that there is a's they can call home, a place where they will get the love and support and also, they will be held accountable here. >> reporter: carol has been clean for nine months. she takes it one day at a time. marion house provides housing for homeless women, those recently released from prison and drug treatment facilities. women find love and support here and the knowledge they can succeed. >> i couldn't do it alone. i needed more support to help me get through all the things i was going through. wanted that long term care. >> reporter: monica scott spent a year at marion house. her life. marion house gave her a voice and confidence. she landed a good job. she said marion
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Jul 27, 2012 5:30am EDT
a two-alarm fire broke out overnight. started around 2 this morning. and abc2 news sherrie johnson has the latest. you've been you can -- talking to people who were there when the fire started. >> reporter: they are telling me they believe that it started from a kitchen fire. but fire investigators are trying to figure out the exact cause. that's what neighbors that live here say and they say it's all very scary. they just heard smoke detectors going off loud noises and then they all started to run trying to get out of the building as fast as they could. take a look behind me here. this is a building here. we are in randallstown at rockdale gardens apartment off liberty road. fire crews just left the scene a few moments ago. they actually have been out here overnight cleaning up hot spots and removing debris. that call came out about 2:00 this morning here at the apartment complex on yener lane. when crews arrived, they found heavy smoke and the apartment engulfed in flame. it started on the third floor and spread across the roof. fire damaged 12 units and several families have to loo
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Jul 30, 2012 4:55am EDT
the one in colorado. sherrie johnson is here with more on the man accused of being behind the whole thing. >> we are learned that neil prescott maybe held for a week in a hospital before authorities decide to charge him with a crime, he is held at arundel medical center for a mental evaluation. he was ready to start a mass shooting. the suspect facing termination threatened his supervisors at a supplier in pg county. he said i'm a joker, i'm going to load guns and blow everybody up. in his apartment investigators found 25 high powered semi automatic firearms including a spiked tactical assault rifle and handguns and a night scope for a high powered rifle and 40 large steel boxes of ammunition. >> during a field interview with officers, the individual was wearing a t-shirt that said guns don't kill people, i do. sources with the atf say they are in the process of tracing the weapons but so far they feel they were all bought legally. officers say prescott has nothing more than a speeding ticket on his record. sherrie johnson, abc2 news. >>> today no exceptions, as it stands, the u.s. is sec
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Jul 31, 2012 4:30am EDT
soon, you need to know where you're walking and with whom you are talking. sherrie johnson is here to explain and what's now led the warnings coming out from ocean city police. >> reporter: within the past month, there's been three attempted sexual assaults in ocean city. police warn women to be extra careful. authorities with the ocean city police department say someone is targeting young women finishing up a night of partying and taking advantage of the situation. on each attempted assault, the girls were able to fight back and get away from the attacker. now police tell us all three of the attacks happened between 50 and 62nd street in ocean city. >> walking in poorly lit areas and secluded areas and he approached and made a conference and then attempted to zek sexually assault them -- sexually assault them. >> reporter: police are have not caught suspect but they encourage people to be vigilant. >> the number one factor is safety. but specifically what advice are people giving people. >> reporter: yes, police are offering advice if you head down to the ocean. the buddy system i
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Jul 3, 2012 6:30am EDT
a lot going on tuesday july 3rd. charley is on the storm damage left to be cleaned up. sherrie johnson bringing us new information on the death in maryland all attributed to the heat. and that's where mike masco comes in we will start with weather because that's where this stems from. >> yeah. today is not going to be the hottest of days. at least we will get hotter into the next seven days. in terms what have's going on this morning, chesapeake beach a beautiful shot a lot of sunshine to a go to work. we are starting off comfortable 68 degrees. nice visibility. and calm winds and our dew point values are comfortable into the 60s. 68 in town. easton at 68. warmer spot dc at 78 degrees. and around the 8:00 hour, we will see a pair of 7s on the way for 88 during lunchtime and as we head into the afternoon, we are going to hate two degree guaranteed around 9 #. it's one of the -- hit a degree guarantee around 92 degrees. a muggy air comes in by tonight that could tryinger's shower and a rum -- trigger a shower and a rumble of thunder. we will talk about the threat that really comes in for
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Jul 5, 2012 6:00am EDT
>>> a child drowns in a pool in anne arundel county. i'm sherrie johnson, we'll have all new information and video coming up. >>> and that's a live look right now at the construction going on in baltimore county. megan pringle a live report coming up also this morning, if you use york road there could be some delays out there. after a water main break. finally fixed. those stories and much more coming up on this thursday, yum 5th. "good morning maryland," i'm charlie crowson. alongside mike masco. megan is on assignment and a pretty good chance the producer may separate you and me before the day is over. >> we are in so much trouble. >> separate corners sir. >> you won't have to deal with me anymore on monday. lauren cook is down in ocean city. >> where is she? show me. where is she? >> next to the garbage can waving, no, she's -- i'm hoping sleeping as she's enjoying a much deserved vacation. look at this shot. it is beautiful looking towards ocean city. now the sunshine is going to go to work today but the problem is that sunshine works against us with 83 right now. we're g
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Jul 9, 2012 6:30am EDT
on the heart breaking story. >> reporter: it's heart -- sherrie johnson has more on the heart breaking story. >> reporter: they were found dead in creek on sunday. folks gathered on the shore and watched as emergency crews recovered the bodies from a nearby creek. an 8-year-old boy and two 12- year-old boys were last seen around 5 p.m. on saturday playing basketball at a nearby church. one mother realized her son was missing when she came home from work at 11 p.m. on saturday. that's when she called police. authorities say the boys appeared to have accidentally drowned. one mother says she doesn't know why her stepson would go into the creek since he was terrified of water. >> i can't believe that because he's afraid of water. it's a tragedy. and they need to do something. they need to do something so this doesn't happen again so no other child has to drown or fall in a quicksand. it doesn't make any sense at all. >> reporter: the offices of the chief medical examiner of baltimore will conduct autopsies many but authorities say they don't believe foul play was factor. sherrie johnson, aby2 n
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Jul 4, 2012 4:55am EDT
-threatening situation. >> he hate power line and survived to tell the story. sherrie johnson is here with more on what happened. sherrie. >> reporter: well, during the storm cleanup, there are a lot of downed trees and he stumbled on a downed power line and lived to tell about it. he could have been killed in a freak accident. he was walking in the dark with friends in the field when i hit a fully active power pole and wires strung waist high like a fence across the field. he was knocked unconscious and spent two nights at the burn center at bayview with severe third-degree burns on his thigh and his feet where the surging electricity left his body. >>i got knocked backwards. my hat flew off my head and from that point they said i was unconscious for 10 to 20 seconds. >> the killer was the deer picture where you see the power lines down with two dead deer and my son was in the middle. that's kind of a telling picture. >> reporter: bge says they repaired the line and power pole. dylan is on bed rest for the next few weeks. sherrie johnson. >>> 6 minutes after 5. national symphony orchestra came to a st
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Jul 9, 2012 4:30am EDT
. they don't have a cause. arson has not been ruled out. sherrie johnon, abc -- johnson, abc2 news. >>> dozens are looking for a new place to call home a fire rigged through a complex. part of the building collapsed and before the fire crews came to get it under control, theblazing heat didn't help. one fear fighter suffered from heat ex-- firefighter suffered from heat exhaustion. families are being held through the red cross. >>> today, two fire companies in baltimore will close. it's part of the mayor's budget to save money and pa. bc -- abc2's linda so is here to explane why another fire company was set to close will stay open for now. >> reporter: the fire chief has decided to keep truck 10 in west baltimore running for another 3 months. it will stay open at least until october. the president of the fire unionhopes that will give city leaders more time to find a way to save truck 10 but the same can't be say the for two other companies. truck 15 in east baltimore and squad 11 on the city's south side as of today will be shut down permanently. the crews will be reassigned to ot
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Jul 9, 2012 6:00am EDT
before anyone could save her. sherrie johnson is here with more on what fire investigators are going to be looking for today. sherrie. >> reporter: they've lot of unanswered questions this morning. investigators are trying to figure out the cause of the fire. the victim has not been identified but investigators say she was in her mid-50s. neighbors say she lived alone after her husband died. the fire was called out around 10 sunday morning on newport avenue in arundel on the bay community. firefighters say the fire was intense with flames shooting through the roof for 40 minutes. once-side, crews found the -- once inside, crews found the body in the upstairs bedroom. neighbors felt so help if you. a dog brought in to sniff out clues was brought in. they are not saying in the dog was sniffing for possible accelerants. >> on a call of this nature to bring in extra dogs and to confirm and get everyone is accounted for. >> looking at it was terrifying. i couldn't imagine somebody being in there. >> reporter: investigators say there were smoke alarms in the home. they are not sure if they
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